Glasllwch Primary School • Melbourne Way • Newport • NP20 3RH / 01633 266398 / glasllwch.primary@newport.gov.uk

Pupil Groups

At Glasllwch Primary School we believe the natural curiosity and voice of each individual must be valued, nurtured and encouraged to flourish in a safe, secure, happy and stimulating environment.

Learning at Glasllwch Primary School is enhanced by exploring the thoughts and feelings of pupils within our school. Pupil Voice is embedded in all aspects of school life. We provide children with opportunities to contribute to school improvement because we believe listening to learners is fundamental to their well-being.

 

OUR VISION..

The development of Pupil Voice will enable learners to explore and share their views of the school learning environment and their experiences as learners. This will enable the school community to ensure pupils have greater involvement in establishing an ethos of mutual contribution and increased ownership of their learning experiences, therefore engaging and motivating learners to achieve.

 

OUR PUPILS GROUPS AND WHAT THEY DO…

All pupil groups formulate and then implement a school action plan for improvement. They share their findings with a number of audiences, including: other pupils, teaching and support staff, PTA, Governors, Headteacher and L.A. Schools.

Learning Squad

Our Learning Squad explore issues raised by pupils across the school and identify aspects of school life they would like to research and improve.  Pupils are encouraged to become independent thinkers who ask questions, carry out research methods, analyse and share their findings.  Members of the Learning Squad are encouraged to consider the impact of their research projects and evaluate the improvements that have been made.

Criw Cymraeg

The role of Criw Cymraeg is to promote the Welsh language across school.  Criw Cymraeg are responsible for sharing our Welsh phrase of the week, awarding certificates to Pupil of the Week (for speaking Welsh around school) and for taking Welsh assemblies.

Eco-Committee

Our school Eco-Council was set up with student representatives from each class throughout the school.  The school’s Eco Council meets regularly to discuss ways of improving their school environment, from litter collection to establishing ways of conserving energy in the school. They also work alongside teachers, parents and governors to implement initiatives such as our school travel plan. Glasllwch has received their Platinum Award for continued work in the environment.

School Nutrition Action Group

Our School Nutrition Action Group . are actively involved in promoting healthy eating and living within school.  S.N.A.G. organize ‘Fruity Friday’ tuck shops, take assemblies to promote healthy eating and monitor pack lunches – giving stickers to children with healthy lunchboxes.

Digital Leaders

The Digital Leaders role is to promote and improve ICT across the school.  The children meet on a weekly basis to create online videos to support other children in using ICT.  The Digital Leaders also maintain the ICT equipment and promote e-safety within school.

Super Ambassadors

The Super Ambassadors’ role within school involves helping other pupils in the school learn about the United Nations Convention for the Rights of a Child (UNCRC) through whole school assemblies, class activities and live webinars. The Super Ambassadors carry out Special Missions on behalf of Sally Holland the Children’s Commissioner for Wales.

Playground Pals

Peer Mediation is a process in which two pupils who have been trained in mediation skills encourage students who are in conflict to find ways of solving the problem they face or to explore new ways of looking at the situation.  Glasllwch Playground Pals are trained peer mediators. Once qualified, the peer mediators are available on the yard at lunchtimes to guide other pupils through a structured mediation process with the aim of helping those involved to find their own solutions to the conflict.

School Council

Our School Council provides pupils with the opportunity to express their views about school life in a forum where they will be listened to and action taken when appropriate. It will also enable them to actively participate in improving the school community. The School Council meets regularly to formulate and then implement a school action plan for improvement.

                                                             

Pupils who participate in decision-making enjoy enhanced self-esteem and motivation, gain important personal, social and organisational skills, and become familiar with group and democratic processes. At the organisational level, pupil involvement in decision-making leads to better relationships, more relevant and effective policies, and better learning. In the best scenarios, pupils and adults work together as partners to ensure that their school provides the best possible learning environment for all. Pupils have an important part to play in helping their school to improve in every aspect of school life.

(Pupil Voice Wales Website, 2010)

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